Cappadocia and Central Turkey

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  • 1. Göreme Açık Hava Müzesi

    The open-air museum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its spectacular landscape and amazing collection of cave churches decorated with elaborate Byzantine frescoes...Read More

  • 2. Ankara Kalesi


    Ankara's main historic sites are clustered around its ancient citadel (known as the Hisar or Kale in Turkish), high on a hill overlooking the city....Read More

  • 3. Çatalhöyük Archaeological Site

    The significance of this Neolithic archaeological site lies not just in its age but in the wealth of well-preserved art and artifacts found here, as...Read More

  • 4. Derinkuyu

    Meaning "deep well," Derinkuyu is the deepest of the known underground cities that have been explored. Eight floors are open to the public, though there...Read More

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  • 5. Eski Gümüşler Manastiri

    Some say the 11th-century Eski Gümüşler church inside this monastery complex has the only image of a smiling Virgin Mary in the world. Others say...Read More

  • 6. Jülyanüs Sütunu


    A stone's throw from the Temple of Augustus and Rome, in a small traffic circle surrounded by government buildings, is the Column of Julian. It...Read More

  • 7. Kaymaklı

    About 9 km (6 miles) north of Derinkuyu, Kaymaklı was discovered in 1950 and is thought to be the largest of Cappadocia's underground cities in...Read More

  • 8. Roma Hamamları


    You can't bathe at this 3rd-century complex just north of Ulus Square, but you can see how the Romans did. The large bath system featured...Read More

  • 9. Sobessos

    Excavations of this 4th-century Roman town have been going on for about a decade. So far, the well-preserved remains of a Roman bathhouse and a...Read More

  • 10. Zelve Açık Hava Müzesi

    Although the prizes at Göreme are the fresco-decorated churches, the outdoor museum at Zelve provides a fascinating look at how people lived in fairy-chimney communities....Read More

  • 11. Alaaddin Camii

    Completed in 1220, this graceful mosque crowning Alaaddin Tepesi (Alaaddin Hill) was one of the most important for Seljuk sultans, many of whom are entombed...Read More

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